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New Academic Journal Focuses on History of American Indians in South

Dr. Greg O’Brien, a University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of history, will be a founding editor of The Native South, a new academic journal that seeks to broaden and challenge the traditional study of American Indians in the South, according to a report in the Hattiesburg American.

The journal’s goal is to analyze Southeastern Indians’ history and influence on the culture and economy of the South. Contributors will include historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and scholars from a variety of disciplines. The first volume is expected to be published this fall.

O’Brien, who specializes in American and American Indian history, said he was approached about becoming an editor for The Native South after he made a presentation about the lack of research devoted to the history of American Indians in the South.

“People have lived in the South 10,000 years, but the time period we usually think of in reference to it is the Old South, which is just 30 years of Southern history, the so-called antebellum era. That’s why American Indian people are rarely considered in historical research and writing about the region,” said O’Brien, author of “Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750-1830.”

“One of the ways to help rectify that situation is to start this new journal. I believe it’s a great way to restore Native people into the narrative of the region’s history.”

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